The Age of Pirates

A force to be reckoned with and an enduring symbol of adventure and freedom, Blackbeard only sailed the seas from 1713-1718. He began his most productive years after capturing a French slaver and renaming her Queen Anne’s Revenge.

The hunter who almost destroyed Australia

English settler Thomas Austin (1815-1871) chose to go to Australia. He was an avid hunter and imported a few rabbits from England. Then, one fateful day in 1859, he released 24 of them into the wild. He reportedly stated that “The introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a …

The weirdly beautiful church of Barcelona

The Sagrada Familia, is a church in Barcelona, Spain, which was built around 100 years ago. Well, actually it’s still unfinished. Its architect, the Spaniard Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) only lived to see about a quarter of it made. While having a very unorthodox shape inside and out, it has already been added to the Unesco World Heritage sites, despite not being …

The first Selfie

Robert Cornelius (1809-1893) was a lamp manufacturer from Philadelphia, USA. In the late 1830s, he started spending much of his free time messing around with photography.